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Researchers Test New Heated Intraoperative Chemotherapy Combination for Pleural Mesothelioma

Researchers Test New Heated Intraoperative Chemotherapy Combination for Pleural Mesothelioma

A phase I clinical trial tested the safety and efficacy of a new chemotherapy combination to be applied as heated intraoperative chemotherapy following surgical resection of pleural mesothelioma. The main goal of the study was to find the maximum safe dosage of chemotherapy drug gemcitabine with cisplatin when applied in this manner. In the past, heated intraoperative chemotherapy for pleural mesothelioma has often only studied cisplatin alone.

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Steam Pipe Explosion in NYC Raises Asbestos Concerns

Steam Pipe Explosion in NYC Raises Asbestos Concerns

After a recent steam pipe explosion in New York City, residents are concerned about potential exposure to asbestos after its presence was confirmed. The steam pipe exploded after extreme underground pressure, pushing up the street and leaving a large crater in its wake. Since the pipe was installed decades ago, it was immediately a concern that the pipe may have contained asbestos. A similar explosion happened last year in Baltimore.

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Attending the 2018 Minneapolis Mesothelioma Symposium

Attending the 2018 Minneapolis Mesothelioma Symposium | Mesothelioma.com

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation recently held its regional symposium in Minneapolis, and I was thrilled to only drive 10 miles to the hotel it was being held, since I live in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Every other year, the Meso Foundation takes its “show on the road” for smaller, more intimate gatherings to spotlight regional medical facilities and healthcare professionals. As most everyone knows, we happen to have the world-renowned Mayo Clinic just minutes south of the Twin Cities.

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Metal-based Compound RAPTA-T Enhances Efficacy of Chemotherapy for Mesothelioma

In a new study, researchers found a neoadjuvant application of RAPTA-T, a metal-based compound, can enhance the efficacy of cisplatin, a standard mesothelioma chemotherapy, for pleural mesothelioma patients.

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8 Mesothelioma Myths and Misconceptions

8 Mesothelioma Myths and Misconceptions

As a rare disease, mesothelioma is misunderstood by many. Throughout the years, common misconceptions have spread about mesothelioma, challenging diagnosis and awareness. Understanding the facts about mesothelioma can help individuals avoid potential risk factors and recognize any early symptoms to ensure early detection, a broad range of treatment options, and a better life expectancy.

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Researchers Investigate the Potential for Air in the Pleural Cavity to Improve Early Detection

Researchers Investigate the Potential for Air in the Pleural Cavity to Improve Early Detection

An early mesothelioma diagnosis is crucial to improving prognosis and ensuring patients have more treatment options available. Unfortunately, detecting the cancer early is extremely difficult, and current diagnostic tests, like imaging scans, often aren’t as reliable when the disease is still in its early stages. Diagnostic tests can also be hindered by a lack of symptoms altogether or nonspecific symptoms that can easily be mistaken for other common ailments.

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Top 7 Cancer Treatment Centers

Top 7 Cancer Treatment Centers

After receiving a cancer diagnosis, choosing a doctor and treatment center is the most important step in extending life expectancy. For patients with rare cancers like mesothelioma, choosing a doctor who specializes in the disease is vital to getting the best treatment and personalizing it to an individual’s case.

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Researchers Explore Stem Cells for Personalized Cancer Vaccines

Researchers Explore Stem Cells for Personalized Cancer Vaccines

A recent study from Stanford University tested the use of inactivated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSs) for personalized cancer vaccines that could treat and even potentially prevent cancer. The study is still in the early phases and has only been implemented in mice modules, but shows promise for the potential to vaccinate patients against various types of cancer, including mesothelioma, melanoma, and breast cancer.

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Millions of Asbestos Fibers Found in Philadelphia Elementary Schools

Millions of Asbestos Fibers Found in Philadelphia Elementary Schools

Millions of asbestos fibers have been found throughout the Philadelphia school district, according to a joint investigation by The Inquirer and Daily News. The investigation sought to uncover dangerous substances in Philadelphia schools, including asbestos, lead, and mold.

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Could Keytruda and Chemotherapy Become New Standard of Care for Mesothelioma?

Could Keytruda and Chemotherapy Become New Standard of Care for Mesothelioma?

During this year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, researchers presented the results of a phase 3 global clinical trial called KEYNOTE-407. The study’s data concluded that the combination of Keytruda® (pembrolizumab) and standard platinum-based chemotherapy should be the new first-line treatment for metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which could also mean changes ahead for mesothelioma treatment.

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